First Day of University of Missouri and American Red Cross Greek Week Blood Drive Underway

April 10, 2012

‘Give Life, Donate Blood’ is drive theme


COLUMBIA, Mo. — The University of Missouri and the American Red Cross are teaming up this week for their 23rd annual Greek Week spring blood drive, helping to save lives through blood donations.


The University of Missouri/Red Cross Greek Week Blood Drive will be held today through Thursday from 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. at the University’s Student Rec Center.


Mizzou students and members of the community are encouraged to take part in a drive that, through its history, has helped save thousands of lives.  All blood types are needed, and each blood donation can be used to help accident victims, surgery patients, and cancer patients.  Those who attempt to donate blood will receive a Greek Week blood drive t-shirt.


By late Tuesday afternoon, the Red Cross had collected nearly 250 units of blood.  Because each blood donation could help save up to three lives, nearly 750 patients could benefit from the generosity of local donors.  Organizers of the Greek Week blood drive would like to collect close to 2,000 units of blood during the three day drive. 


"The Red Cross and the University of Missouri invite Mizzou students and the Columbia community to take part in this truly remarkable event,” said Red Cross Missouri-Illinois Region CEO Scott Caswell.  “The Red Cross greatly appreciates the efforts of the student volunteers who help the drive run smoothly, and we value each blood donation we receive from our committed donors."


To donate blood, a person must be in good health, be at least 17 years old (16 years old with a Red Cross parental consent form) and meet height and weight requirements. Blood donors should bring a Red Cross donor card, valid driver’s license with a photo, or two other forms of official identification. For more information or to schedule an appointment, donors should call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit